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Is Spondylolisthesis Serious? | Spondylolisthesis Doctor Torrance, CA

There are a number of common causes of back pain. Like other medical conditions, some of these are more serious than others. Two important causes that everyone should know include spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis. These conditions can lead to complications if they are left untreated. Fortunately, an experienced Torrance spondylolisthesis doctor can provide effective treatment.

What Causes Spondylolisthesis?

For those who might not know, spondylolisthesis is the name given to a medical condition that affects the lower vertebrae of the spine. In this condition, the lower vertebrae start to slip. One of the vertebrae may slip so far that it actually impacts the other bones in the area. This can lead to severe pain and discomfort which might get worse over time. These are a number of common causes. Some babies are actually born with spondylolisthesis. In other cases, children, teenagers, and athletes might develop this condition while playing sports. Diving and gymnastics are common culprits. Elderly individuals may also develop spondylolisthesis following a traumatic accident.

Is Spondylolisthesis Serious?

Like other medical conditions, cases of spondylolisthesis will vary in severity. In some cases, people might have such as small degree of vertebral slippage they might not even notice it. In other cases of spondylolisthesis, the degree of slippage might be so far that people feel severe, chronic pain in their back.

This pain might make it hard for someone to get out of bed in the morning, let alone go to work, school, or compete in sports. Until a trained Torrance spondylolisthesis doctor can evaluate the condition, it is hard to know just how serious the condition might be. For this reason, everyone with spondylolisthesis should seek appropriate medical care as quickly as possible.

What Makes Spondylolisthesis Worse?

In general, spondylolisthesis will get worse if people continue to participate in activities that stress the spine without seeking medical care. Poor posture, participation in sports such as diving and gymnasics, and involvement in a motor vehicle accident can all make spondylolisthesis worse. Over time, without appropriate Torrance spondylolysis treatment, spondylolisthesis will continue to worsen. If people do not treat this condition quickly, there are a number of serious complications that might develop.

Animation of human spine with Spondylolisthesis

What Happens if Spondylolisthesis is Left Untreated?

Those who have been diagnosed with spondylolisthesis need to make sure they seek medical care as quickly as possible. In order to treat the symptoms, the attention of a trained doctor is required. Torrance spondylolisthesis treatment will involve correcting the vertebral slippage to alleviate the symptoms. If the condition is not treated, this can lead to chronic pain that can impact the back, eventually spreading to other parts of the body.

As the vertebrae continue to slip, people might also start to experience nerve compression. This can lead to leg weakness and even leg paralysis if this condition is not treated. People might even develop an infection of the spine in particularly severe cases. To avoid these complications, people need to seek medical care as soon as possible.

Trust the Professionals for Torrance Spondylolisthesis Treatment

If someone has been diagnosed with spondylolysis or spondylolisthesis, it is important to seek medical care right away. Effective Torrance spondylolysis treatment starts by knowing who to go to. At Rolling Hills Medical, we work hard to provide effective medical care to the individuals and families of the Los Angeles and Orange County areas.

We have placed the needs of our patients ahead of our own from the first day we opened our offices. To learn more about how we can help you, please reach out to us today by calling 424-250-8699 to schedule an appointment. Please come and visit us. We would be honored to take care of you and your family.

Dr. Neil Ghodadra
Dr. Neil Ghodadra’s orthopedic practice focuses on minimally invasive, arthroscopic surgery of the knee, shoulder, elbow, and hip. His unique background includes extensive training and expertise in cartilage restoration of the knee and joint preserving osteotomy, as well as treatment of complex shoulder conditions, ranging from shoulder instability and rotator cuff repair surgery to shoulder replacement surgery. Dr. Ghodadra is fellowship trained in Shoulder and Sports Medicine Surgery and has a particular interest in taking care of athletes.

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